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  • May 8-14, 2008
  • Vol. 12, No. 19

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  • Rock Stars vs. Porn Stars: Sex tapes, classroom wizards and city scale acupuncture

    Text Me a Dime Bag Back in the dark days before Blackberry's and smart phones, college kids had to score their illicit drugs the old fashioned way - with Ma Bell and the doorbell. Not anymore, at least at San Diego State University where authorities recently arrested 75 students in a massive drug dealing investigation. According to the Associated Press, one of the suspects had recently sent out a mass text message to his "faithful customers" informing them that he and his friends would be unable to provide cocaine over the weekend while they were in Las Vegas. The message also advertised an ongoing "sale" and listed the reduced prices for some drugs. In all, authorities nabbed two kilos of cocaine, 350 Ecstasy pills, as well as marijuana, hash, mushrooms and methamphetamine. Among the places raided was the Theta Chi fraternity house where authorities said fraternity members were openly dealing drugs. Which got Upfront to thinking that there are a lot of frat traditions that probably should be abandoned: binge drinking, hazing, racial discrimination etc. But maybe that whole trafficking in barrels of Bush Lite wasn't such a bad business model after all, at least when you look at the alternative.
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  • Letters to the Editor
  • Technology Marches Backward

    Letter of the Week   I am disappointed with the new Bend Broadband billing method that penalizes customers for their Internet use. One reason I moved to Bend was because they had high speed Internet service. I use the high speed Internet to its fullest. I download media content through my wireless TIVO interface for viewing on my TV, I stream Internet music through our stereo, and I use Skype to web cam my friends and family. Isn't this exactly the type of usage that Bend Broadband fostered with their TV and print ads? According to you, most Bend Broadband customers (91%) use less than the 10 GB per month. However, isn't the trend towards greater usage? Aren't the people who are simply surfing the web and reading their e-mails likely to start using newer media services? I believe that while I might be "pioneering" uses for the Internet, I am not that far ahead of the majority of customers. Isn't this a step back in technology? Will customers be discouraged from trying new non-Bend Broadband services for fear that they will overuse their service?
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Hire Bob Bates!

    Perhaps the solution to your "space limitation" problem is more obvious to readers than your staff. I'd like to propose that you consider responding to reader requests.

Culture

  • Picks
  • Our Picks for the Week of 5/8-5/14

    Riverfest through sunday 11 It's the second, and last, weekend of Riverfest, so get out there and dig into the array of events still left on the tray. We suggest slapping on your volunteer hat and helping out with the Deschutes River Clean-Up on Saturday morning. Meet at the Les Schwab Amphitheater at 9am for a free breakfast, then go clean that river! Flowmotion, Brent Alan and His Funky Friends thursday 8 OK, so we gave this a pick last week, but we thought we'd give it yet another spot on the page this week because, well Flowmotion is just that friggin' good. The Seattle multi-genre rockers are on their way down to the Joshua Tree Music Festival, and are stopping off at the OSC to give Bend a taste (and a dance party) before coming back for 4 Peaks in July. 21 and over. 7pm. $12, $8/advance. Old Stone Church, 157 Franklin Ave.

Food & Drink

  • Chow
  • Quick Bites: Let's Make An Omelette: Jake's Diner gets a makeover

    Truck stops and interior design makeovers don't exactly go hand in hand. But then again, Jake's Diner isn't trafficking in diesel anymore either. So when owners Lyle and Judy Hicks wanted to change the interior design of Jake's dining room to make it more customer friendly, they called on remodeler Andy Barrow of Let's Make A Space, who redesigned the dining room into what Lyle called an "unbelievably beautiful" atmosphere. Cabinetmaker Duane Schiedler, owner of The Wood Awakening, fashioned maple topped tables for the dining room as his part of the makeover.
  • Chow
  • Quick Bites: Let's Make An Omelette: Jake's Diner gets a makeover

    Truck stops and interior design makeovers don't exactly go hand in hand. But then again, Jake's Diner isn't trafficking in diesel anymore either. So when owners Lyle and Judy Hicks wanted to change the interior design of Jake's dining room to make it more customer friendly, they called on remodeler Andy Barrow of Let's Make A Space, who redesigned the dining room into what Lyle called an "unbelievably beautiful" atmosphere. Cabinetmaker Duane Schiedler, owner of The Wood Awakening, fashioned maple topped tables for the dining room as his part of the makeover.

Screen

  • Film
  • A Change Of Heart: Iron Man a surprising success in superhero genre

    Talk to the Hand. Nobody wants him He just stares at the world Planning his vengeance that he will soon unfurl - Iron Man, Black Sabbath Like the Tin Man, Tony Stark needs a heart - both figuratively and literally. The genius son of a billionaire, who made his money creating weapons of mass destruction, Tony (Robert Downey, Jr., ) possesses a beating heart that pumps real blood - yet he lusts only for women, booze and more money. Only when he loses the function of his anatomical heart, requiring a battery-operated model, does he begin to feel love and loss. This double "change of heart," together with a James Bond-meets-Batman characterization of its superhero, makes Ironman the most stylish, entertaining and imagination-fueling film of the year so far.

Music

  • Sound Stories & Interviews
  • Alter Ego Lo-fi Meets the Delta

    Richard Swift as Onasis EP   Secretly Canadian ★★★★✩ Its surprising to know that singer-songwriter Richard Swift is more or less a local artist. Originally from Eugene, he's since relocated to Los Angles and begun to gain some steam in the music business. Since releasing Dressed Up for the Letdown last year and touring with indie-rock vets Wilco, Swift has certainly brought some indie-rock street-cred to his name. In his new double album EP, he becomes his Krautrock-inspired alter ego, Onasis, and the repercussion is twenty songs of instrumental genius. Think 1950s blues infused rock and roll played lo-fi, unpolished and occasionally graced with a seedy 70s bar organ. Swift is famous for shining the spotlight on forgotten sounds and giving them his own twist.
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